Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Thu, 5 Mar 2015 02:56:28 EST 1800 Another tragic display of SC’s domestic violence problem http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152119927/Another-tragic-display-of-SCs-domestic-violence-problem On February 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” — two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:45:51 EST Regaining trust with veterans http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152027239/Regaining-trust-with-veterans When Secretary Bob McDonald took office he immediately set off on a series of engagements to regain trust with Veterans. He has visited dozens VA hospitals across the country and mandated all VA facilities conduct quarterly town halls to promote... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:50:51 EST Time for a change http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/152019790/Time-for-a-change Tis the season, when all should be at peace and harmony! Yet, it appears this season has yet to come in Fairfield County. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:25:56 EST What we owe our grandparents http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151920840/What-we-owe-our-grandparents On numerous occasions I have shared the inspirational account of how my mother and father overcame the poverty and oppression of the mid 1900's in South Carolina to become the first college graduates in their respective families. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:25:53 EST District 3 deserves better http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/152066520/District-3-deserves-better Mr. Trapp's opponents in the upcoming election need not enter the negative campaigning arena. Why, you ask, since pointing out an opponent's shortcomings is usually part of any political campaign? Truth is: Mr. Trapp has placed his own... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:56 EST The lobbyists at your dinner party http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152076146/The-lobbyists-at-your-dinner-party Remember the old food pyramid?Until “MyPlate” replaced it a few years ago, the U.S. government's official dietary advice for Americans fit neatly into that triangle. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:25:52 EST With the budget, the president calls the shots http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151952195/With-the-budget-the-president-calls-the-shots It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress's 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:55:51 EST Healthy Hearing Act would provide essential services to veterans http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151900784/Healthy-Hearing-Act-would-provide-essential-services-to-veterans The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:05:51 EST Stewart is man for the job http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/151921616/Stewart-is-man-for-the-job Fairfield County taxpayers in District 3: Wake up before it's too late. Go out and vote on March 3, for Col. Walter Larry Stewart to represent you on the Fairfield County Council. We have an opportunity to vote for a man who will work for all of... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:20:51 EST Goosey as ever http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151952153/Goosey-as-ever Ready or not, the race is on — for president, I mean.Yes, Election Day is still nearly two years away, but the candidates are already on the loose. And they're as goosey as ever. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:10:53 EST DoD may outsource to private organizations http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151872135/DoD-may-outsource-to-private-organizations History Flight is among private organizations — the BentProp Project is another — whose passion for military history and desire to see MIAs repatriated has taken team members to jungles, atolls, mountaintops and other remote locations... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:50:51 EST Chinese also have a day devoted to love http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151772806/Chinese-also-have-a-day-devoted-to-love Valentine's Day is fast approaching. You can see the cards in Wal-Mart. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:30:51 EST Feb. 14 marked the appropriate end to CHD Week http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151885936/Feb.-14-marked-the-appropriate-end-to-CHD-Week Valentine's Day is all about hearts, so it makes perfect sense that Feb. 14 marked the end of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week for 2015. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:35:52 EST (No heading) http://heraldindependent.com/news/otheropinion/151886132/ FAIRFIELD COUNTY — With precipitation in the forecast and temperatures nearing freezing, thoughts turned Monday toward the possibility of snow and perilous winter weather. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:25:51 EST Green believers http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151823646/Green-believers By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look silly. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:40:51 EST Hypermasculinity and world-ending weapons http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151823623/Hypermasculinity-and-world-ending-weapons Escalating tensions in Ukraine raise the concern that the “firebreak” between conventional and the tactical nuclear weapons potentially available to all parties in the conflict could be breached, with unforeseen consequences. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:40:52 EST Kanye West was right on the money again http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151823851/Kanye-West-was-right-on-the-money-again Kanye West is in the news again. He rushed an awards show stage again.West was inspired by what he perceived to be an artistic slight to Beyoncé again.He was also completely correct again. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:20:51 EST A bailed-out banker lectures about fairness http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151762338/A-bailed-out-banker-lectures-about-fairness Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He's fed up with the populist attitude that's sweeping the country. He's not going to take it anymore. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:10:51 EST Romney’s 2016 charade is symbolic of government http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151762283/Romneys-2016-charade-is-symbolic-of-government On January 30, two-time Republican Party presidential hopeful Mitt Romney nixed a third go-around, telling supporters via teleconference that he can better serve America by supporting whomever the party chooses as its 2016 presidential nominee. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:05:56 EST Beyond deterrence, compassion http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151762306/Beyond-deterrence-compassion Ronald Reagan's assertion back in 1984 that “a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought” seems to have become accepted across the political spectrum in the U.S. and abroad. The level of destruction that would result would... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:05:52 EST